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Flywheel hybrid vehicle delivers up to 22.4% fuel economy improvement   Print  
Prodrive is responsible for the system?s configuration and integration into the vehicle. They developed the system?s complex control strategy and software including preliminary calibrations. Tuesday, 6th September 2011

Improvements in fuel economy of up to 22.4 percent (in the new ARTEMIS test cycle, which represents typical real-world usage today) have been demonstrated by a research vehicle fitted with a flywheel hybrid system including stop-start. Developed by a consortium of British companies as part of the Government-supported Flywheel Hybrid System for Premium Vehicles (FHSPV) programme, the mechanically-driven flywheel system delivers up to 80bhp (82PS, 60kW) of recovered energy from a self-contained hybrid module.

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Flybus to start testing first flywheel hybrid bus   Print  
The UK?s Flybus consortium aims to demonstrate an affordable alternative to battery hybrid systems that can reduce buses? fuel consumption Tuesday, 6th September 2011

Completed prototype system appears at Low Carbon Vehicle exhibition

6 September 2011 The Flybus consortium has reached a significant milestone with the successful integration of prototype hardware into an Optare Solo Midibus. The Flybus system, which should cost significantly less than current electric hybrids, uses a Ricardo Kinergy flywheel as the energy storage medium and a Torotrak continuously variable transmission (CVT) as the means of transferring energy between the wheels and the flywheel. The entire installation is mounted on the existing transmission’s Power Take Off facility.

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Revolutionary multi-speed electric vehicle transmission substantially improves EV performance and range   Print  
The red region shows the most efficient speed range for a traction motor. By keeping the motor operating in, or close to, this region, the new multi-speed transmission developed by Vocis could increase the range of electric vehicles with very little impac Monday, 5th September 2011

Multiple ratios reduce battery drain and allow improved low-speed and high-speed performance

Prototypes of a novel, multi-speed transmission for electric vehicles (EVs) have begun on-road testing with a European vehicle manufacturer. Designed and manufactured by Italian drivetrain specialist Oerlikon Graziano with British control systems specialist Vocis, the simple, elegant concept will increase vehicle range or allow reduced battery pack size, as well as providing improved low-speed pull away and higher-speed cruising.

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World?s first integrated RADAR and Vision data fusion system: Delphi?s RACam is an integrated RADAR and Camera system that enables a suite of active safety systems including full speed range adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlamp control, traffic sign Tuesday, 30th August 2011

World’s first integrated RADAR and Vision data fusion system previewed

FRANKFURT – A portfolio of active safety technologies that will help reduce crash effects or even prevent them will be demonstrated by Delphi Automotive at next month’s IAA International Motor Show. Delphi’s latest safety technologies will help to protect a wide range of road users including vehicle occupants, cyclists and pedestrians.

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Schoolboy sells old toys to fund last flying Vulcan and inspires ?Toy Aid?   Print  
Seven-year-old Ollie Brake is so impressed with XH558 that he is holding a garden sale at his home to sell his unused toys and raise funds for the iconic aircraft. Thursday, 25th August 2011

Seven-year-old Ollie Brake is so impressed with XH558, the last flying Vulcan, that he is holding a garden sale at his home in Derry Hill, near Chippenham this weekend to sell his unused toys and raise funds for the iconic aircraft.  Having witnessed the Vulcan’s display at the Royal International Air Tattoo two years ago, Ollie has become an enthusiastic Vulcan fan avidly following the exploits of the Cold War jet as it displays to the nation.  The Vulcan, which is operated by a registered charity, receives no funding from the government or the RAF, it is kept flying by the generous donations of enthusiasts.    

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New MOOG? LV Steering and Suspension Catalogue Includes More Than 500 New Parts   Print  
MOOG CATMO1101 ? front cover Friday, 19th August 2011

Aartselaar, Antwerp, Belgium…The 2011-2012 MOOG LV catalogue (CATMO1101) includes more than 500 additional parts. The MOOG range has grown from 1.300 to more than 5.300 part numbers during the past five years and now covers over 10.000 passenger vehicles offering 96-percent coverage for the European car parc.

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Morgan Motor Company and British technology partners to build a high-performance electric sportscar concept   Print  
British companies Zytek and Radshape are working with Morgan to develop a prototype electric sportscar based on the Supersports chassis. Wednesday, 17th August 2011

Zytek is exhibiting at the Low Carbon Vehicle event (Rockingham), September 7 & 8

Unusual configuration with Zytek drive through a manual gearbox will increase performance, range and driver involvement

A new, high-performance electric sportscar prototype is being developed by the Morgan Motor Company and a consortium of British technology specialists. The Morgan +E programme will deliver two engineering concept vehicles early in 2012. Both will be based on a development of the proven Aero Supersport’s aluminium chassis with the 4.8 litre BMW V8 replaced by a new derivative of Zytek’s high power-density electric powertrain driving through a conventional manual gearbox.


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CarboGlide coating delivers a direct improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions by reducing ring friction by up to 20 percent when compared to nitride or other commonly used coatings. Tuesday, 16th August 2011

Innovative CarboGlide® piston ring coating provides low friction and superior scuffing protection for full operational life of latest-generation gasoline engines

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., August 16, 2011 … Federal-Mogul Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML) has developed a new piston ring coating that supports vehicle manufacturers’ efforts to make gasoline engines more fuel-efficient. The company’s patented CarboGlide® coating delivers a direct improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions by reducing ring friction by up to 20 percent as compared to nitride or other commonly used coatings.  CarboGlide’s high wear resistance will withstand an engine’s full operational life—even in the latest generation of high-output gasoline engines with turbocharging or direct injection.  CarboGlide additionally protects the cylinder surface from scuffing and scoring, especially under the most critical lubrication conditions, because of its high chemical and physical stability.

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Last flying Vulcan to star in prime-time BBC documentary   Print  
XH558 is the last flying Vulcan and the last flying representatives of Britain?s Cold War V-Force. Returned to the air in 2007, she has become an airshow phenomenon. Photo credit Mark Arnold Friday, 12th August 2011

Iconic aircraft XH558 fulfils John Sergeant’s ‘childhood dream’

The last flying Vulcan will feature prominently in a new documentary to be shown on BBC One on Sunday evenings.  ‘Britain’s Hidden Heritage’ explores fascinating projects that typify British endeavour and achievement.  Journalist John Sergeant visited XH558’s new home at Doncaster Robin Hood International Airport and flew beside the aircraft with the Blades aerobatics team, fulfilling what he called ‘a childhood dream’.  The Vulcan is featured in the first programme of the series, which will be broadcast at 19:00hrs on Sunday 14th August.

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First industry demonstration of Vocis twin speed EV transmission at forthcoming Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) show   Print  
The new transmission will be demonstrated in a prototype electric minibus, giving visitors an opportunity to experience first hand the refinement and smooth operation of the system. Thursday, 11th August 2011

Proven concept provides step change in efficiency and range

Transmission engineering and control specialist Vocis will give its novel twin speed electric vehicle (EV) transmission its first public demonstration at LCV2011 (the Low Carbon Vehicle show) on September 7-8, at Rockingham Motor Speedway. Technical specialists from the company will be on hand to provide an insight into the technology and the efficiency, performance and range benefits it offers for the next generation of EVs.

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